Codebreaking park stars in new drama

Bletchley Park's Director of Museum Operations, Kelsey Griffin, as a Wren in The Bletchley Circle's title sequence
Bletchley Park's Director of Museum Operations, Kelsey Griffin, as a Wren in The Bletchley Circle's title sequence
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The heroes of Bletchley Park have been immortalised with a new television drama.

The first episode of ITV1’s The Bletchley Circle gained an estimated 3.9 million viewers on Thursday night, according to Broadcastingnow.

In the fictional drama, four women who worked as codebreakers at Bletchley Park during World War Two meet again in 1952 and solve a string of murders, using the problem solving skills they honed at Station X. Writer Guy Burt was on location when the production filmed at Bletchley Park during the Jubilee celebrations in June.

He said “It was absolutely fascinating to film in the real huts. There’s just something really special about being in the actual place rather than on a film set somewhere.

“The staff at Bletchley were amazing. They let us have some of the Enigma machines and some of the decoding machines. And they themselves dressed up and got into costume and came and operated them and were filmed doing it. It was just magical.”

Actress Rachel Stirling, who plays Millie, said “The place has a real sense of celebrating Great Britain and its history. And there we were re-living the scenes at the site of this place that was one of the things that makes Britain great. It’s absolutely acknowledged that those who worked at Bletchley were instrumental in achieving victory for Britain in the war. But having achieved that, you weren’t allowed to talk about what you had done and were still bound by the Official Secrets Act. So all these rather extraordinary people could never refer to what they’d done in the past, put it on their CV or anything.”

See behind the scenes photos at http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/news/docview.rhtm/667881